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Grade
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  • 4.56 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 39.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 118.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.02 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.28 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5'9" Height
  • 192LBS. Weight

Overview

Moore might join QB Jay Cutler and OT Chris Williams as recent first-round picks from Vanderbilt, a school not known as a hotbed of elite prospects. Named to the freshman All-SEC team after working his way into the starting lineup in his first season, Moore exploded onto the scene in 2007 with 83 tackles, six interceptions and averaging 25.7 yards on kickoff returns. He made his second consecutive appearance on the first-team All-SEC squad in 2008 after making five more picks and showed versatility as a runner (76 yards), receiver (143 yards, two touchdowns) and returner (247 yards on punt, 407 on kickoffs). His athleticism and instincts put him in the top tier of corner prospects in this draft.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Good upper body build for his size. Very quick to support the run or attack quick screens and passes in the flat. Quick reactions and instincts make him a natural in zone. Not contact shy, so receivers will expect to get hit on shorter routes. Sits on routes and closes very quickly to make quarterbacks pay if they birddog. Looks like he knows routes as well as the receiver does. Very good straight-line speed and will chase his teammates' receivers downfield. Tries to knock the ball out after securing the tackle. As a slot receiver, Moore has the strength to get off the line, elusiveness in the open field, reliable hands to adjust to poor throws and an ability to track the ball over either shoulder. Extremely quick feet on routes, accelerating past defenders. Uses those receiver skills after interceptions. Negatives: Barely adequate height for a corner. Thin legs. Not asked to press much. Lack of size could make bringing down bigger and quicker NFL receivers tough when closing fast. Can be dominated by good blocking receivers. A bit slow to react when receiver stutters and heads up the field. May not have the recovery speed to catch up to quicker NFL receivers using fakes or double moves, and his aggressive style could also cost him in this regard. Doesn't always secure the ball or make good decisions on punt returns while trying to do too much.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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